Can't seem to ever get a sled ride together anymore on the other side of the wall.
Any guys with a sled and porty want to get together for a meetup and fish somewhere some weekend for the day or weekend if way up north?
Mill Lacs, Brainerd area................? The more the merrier, safety in numbers helps if someone needs a pull or getting out of slush.
Not a big plan. Meet at a lake. Stare at the lake map, mark a spot or spots on the gps and head out.
Not really worried about a cookout, but we could just cuts into fishing time. Bring our own lunch, bait and pop or?
Don't want to count out wheelers with portys but hope you can hang if its deep or slushy. 😕
Oh forget the Public service announcement: Portys must be fished at least 6' feet apart or more!. Wearing a mask is a good idea on a cold sled ride. No talking about Trump, Biden or God will also keep us safe from each other! 😆
So again, no big complicated plan. Meet up, check map, go fishing! 👍
House was new in spring 2018. Spray foamed top to bottom. Extremely Light weight, all aluminum construction 1300-1400 pounds. You can easily pull with atv. with little tongue weight. Foldable and removable bunk, we used a cot for 2nd bed.
-6 catch covers w/ sleeves
-Nuway furnace, needs no electricity to operate manually, also hooked up to thermostat
-12V low amp draw circulating fans -30A 115v to 12VDC power converter/battery charger with gen/power hookup
-battery box with 12VDC-115v inverter, and battery meter (newer 31 battery negotiable)
- LED hole light and beverage holder above every hole
-LED interior and porch lights
-Tv/dvd combo on swing wall mount
-Pioneer stereo with 4 speakers -Loose spare tire (white steel rim)
-Window Air Conditioner
This house can go all weekend on a single battery without a generator. No exterior damage anywhere, tires great. Looking to possibly upgrade. Located 20 miles north of Rapids. Thanks!
Leech Lake. I am wondering what to expect. I think I might go out on Boy bay using the public landing on Sugar Point. First are there any safety concerns, ice conditions to worry about, Landing safe? Second what can I expect for fish? Kind of looking for some nice panfish during the day and a stray walleye or two towards evening
Alright, looking for insight from some people who know more about sitting and waiting for fish than I do. Last year I bough some tip ups and had some luck on them but now I see it appears to be all the rage to use the IFish Pro stuff and use a rod and reel. Anybody out there feel like these actually do any better than a standard old tip up or is it just about not having a mess of line on the ice after having a flag. Moved to MN from mostly fishing northerns on tip ups which didn't seem to care about things not spinning as smooth as these darn walleyes do around here. Would a rod and reel system like the ifish pro or finicky fooler actually help to have less false flags? I'm at a bit of a loss here with the more picky fish.
12/3/20 a female posted 4" ice on the Coon lake channel with photo of someone in a hub fishing. A comment stated someone also caught a 24" walleye in the channel. Over the years you may see a half dozen anglers early ice on the channel. Saturday 12/5 I stopped by the channel and counted about 54 anglers crowded in the 300' x 800' channed and 6 or so cars driving around looking for a place to park. Yesterday 60+ crowded the channel. Really hard to fix stupid. Walleye slot over 17". Won't be long before DNR Walleye reduction changes.
I am new to ice fishing and the aitkin area. I am wondering what is the best colors and even jigs for walleye and crappies in the aitkin area. Its my 1st year of icexfishing. I've always been into open water before.
Hi Everyone, this is my first post here.
I am looking for some tips or tricks to break down some of the water in the Northeast part of Vermilion for ice fishing opportunities. We will be up in that area for a week at the start of January and I have no idea how to know what the ice conditions typically are that time of year. We are debating on bringing snowmobiles or an ATV, but I'm not even sure what works better up there this time of year.
For people who fish up in this area often:
Do you seem to have better luck trying the big lakes, or breaking down smaller bodies of water? Is it worth the trip to try and snowmobile / hike / dogsled your gear up into any of the BWCA lakes? If you were brand new to this area, where would you try first for the safest ice, and best chance at some fun fishing early Janurary? Or are most lakes "safe" by then? Are typical walleye / Crappie presentations good in this area? Any go to baits or hooks?
I'm not looking for honey holes or specific GPS locations (unless you're willing to share), but I'm more interested in how to break down some of the smaller bays and channels in Vermilion for Walleye and Crappie. Part of the fun for me is finding them on my own by putting together information.
Any tips are much appreciated, and I'll share any knowledge I learn on our trip with you all.
By Sunset Lodge
12.8.20 Sunset Lodge Fishing & Ice Update - Northwest Angle of Lake of the Woods
Hello from Sunset Lodge on Oak Island!
We got ice!
Lower than normal current levels have led to better than average, more consistent early ice conditions in the Northwest Angle. Wind and warm temps have kept the main lake south of Garden Island open until just recently.
As usual, ice conditions are always changing and there remain many areas that are still unsafe for travel. With the cold weather and little snow in the forecast we are likely to see improved and more stable ice thickness across the lake.
Our fish houses are resting on 8-11 inches of ice and are within a 10 minute ride of the resort.
Fishing pressure is low and catching is excellent! We have a very strong morning and evening bite with good action in between. Active fish are smashing rattle baits and most fish will accept a jig and a minnow.
Traffic is low and conditions are ideal for an early ice getaway, we are accepting fly-in reservations starting Monday the 14th! Our runway is marked and is currently sitting on 11 inches of ice. If you don’t have your own plane, we are partnered with Lake Country Air, they are currently flying to us from multiple Northern Minnesota locations
Beaver Air Tours: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverAirTours
Snowmobile traffic across Lake of the Woods is not advised at this time. We will keep you updated or you can check the Northwest Angle Edge Riders Facebook page for more up to date trail conditions. https://www.facebook.com/NorthwestAngleEdgeRiders
Go here for the Northwest Angle Guest Ice Road - 2020 updates. As soon as the ice road is open. we'll send an email with a link to purchase your ice road pass and you'll be all set! https://www.facebook.com/nwaiceroad
If you haven't booked your winter ice fishing trip left we have some availability remaining! You can now Book Now online or fill out our Check Availability form. www.minnesotafishingresorts.com
As you can imagine, our phone stays pretty busy. If you get our voicemail, please leave a message or contact us via email. Ice & fishing updates will be posted on our Sunset Lodge Facebook page so please check there before calling for updates.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Moved to area last winter and don’t know much about any lakes in the metro. Panfish is by far the most fun for myself and would like to get into walleyes. Would really appreciate some suggestions on where to go within the metro and try out this upcoming ice fishing season.
My old man bought me one and now I'm looking to buy one of Louis' spears for my son. If anyone has one they would sell let me know. Thx!
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By Rivergroup · PostedWith Tom's post in mind, it looks like he's living the life... except for the heart problems! I'm one of those out-of-towners that comes to LV once or twice a year. My dad brought be to stay on Ludlow's as a kid. We fished for whatever we could catch, which wasn't much at the time, out of a rowboat. He's been gone awhile now, but I have never forgotten how beautiful the lake is. Fast forward, a group of guys and I started coming to LV once a year in the fall, about 2009 or 2010. We had a blast and made it a yearly thing. My best friend that helped me plan the trip, is gone now too. We took 2 years off and restarted about 5 years ago. It is one of the highlights of my year. We've moved our trip to June and have an absolute blast when we're there. Plus, I've brought the family a few times and my daughter and I spent some time there last October catching crappies. Times I will alway cherish. Part of the group trip is just taking in the scenery and being away. We live on the Mississippi in bluff country and it's awesome, but it's always good to be on LV. We catch enough fish to make us happy, but it's more about being away with good friends and getting away from the day to day. We all work in either healthcare or law enforcement and it's huge for us to make an escape from the insanity, especially during the pandemic. I would like nothing more than to move to LV and stay. However, my wife has a chronic, limiting illness and has to be near a particular specialty of healthcare which is not exactly close. While visiting LV, we've been treated very well, but also poorly at times in certain areas. I do understand that "tourists" can be demanding and rude and generally, a pain. We go out of our way to not be that way when we're there. We feel fortunate to have the means and ability to make the trek and enjoy the lake. I realize that none of you guys probably care about all this, but just wanted to put it out there. We love the place and we love fishing LV, whether we catch walleyes or not, whether it's windy, rainy, snowy, whatever, we're happy to make the trip. My best to all and to a better year this year!
By Duffman · PostedSorry to get your hopes up icedog, especially because I was just gonna give it to ya for free, but it is kaput. Just a couple minor mice holes, and it looked pretty good overall, took a pic pointing out the holes......and then I sat in it and moved around a bit. All of the plastic pressure point/parts attached to the chair pretty much disintegrated to the touch. Time and plastic......not a good mixture. I doubt you will find one that is still holding up. But thanks for helping me declutter the shed.